Shepparton News

Nationals flex muscle over climate

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CANBERRA: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been urged to put regional communitie­s at the centre of his plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Mr Morrison met cabinet colleagues yesterday to thrash out the final details of his ‘‘new energy economy’’ plan, which would set a 2050 target and update the target of cutting emissions to 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. However, a cabinetapp­roved plan will need to run the gauntlet of a Nationals partyroom meeting scheduled for Sunday afternoon, just ahead of a twoweek parliament­ary sitting and the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow later in the month.

Cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie demanded the Nationals be ‘‘respected as the second party of government’’ in negotiatio­ns where calls for agricultur­e and resources sector concession­s have been a sticking point.

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